Wassop! Tuday – The common problem with doing a backup of my computers is dealing with opened files and opened programs always meant saving and closing the applications before doing a backup. Using the computer while the backup was taking place meant not having access to the computer. Installation of automated backup software always promised simple and headache FREE operations but this was never the case with all backup software I have used. The setup alone would be a nightware to configure. Did I want a file backup, mirror backup, backup right away, schedule a backup, uncompressed files, compressed files, encrypted files, incremental backup, overwrite old files and many more annoying decisions to make before you can start the backup process. If I forget to leave the computer on or the backup drive installed on my laptop, a message usually appears the next time I turn on the laptop that the scheduled backup was not completed and provide options but usually meant I would just reschedule. Sometimes missing 2 – 3 backup sessions.
Wassup! Today – Bluetooth headsets have become very popular in the last couple of years since many countries have instituted a law prohibiting drivers from using a cell phone that is held against your ear while driving. Most of these Bluetooth headsets have been the mono/single earpiece design. The lack of wireless stereo headsets was mainly due to the fact that a phone conversation is mono in nature plus the lack of software or Bluetooth stereo profile support. Now that the proper stereo profile A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution profile) and the remote control profile AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile) has been created, we are able to take advantage of the stereo music that many cell phones support now wirelessly. To add more style and functionality to the wireless stereo music enjoyment and cell phone call access, Trispecs has combined the stereo Bluetooth headset support into a stylist pair of sunglasses.
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Wordsworth is a game quite similar to the Popcap classic Bookworm. On the plus side it’s quite fun, has a professional appearance, and costs less than half of the price of Bookworm. On the downside, the guy in the hat isn’t quite as charming as the worm from Bookworm. I [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]I like free games for my iPhone. Besides the obvious fact that they don’t hurt the wallet any, it’s a win-win situation in terms of what I get. If I like the game, it’s a bonus, and if I don’t, I just delete it and move on. Thankfully, Fish Frenzy [...]
What do big chains, charge bombs and a purifier all have in common? Why, they can be found in Pop-A-Tronic, of course! Big Blue Bubble has taken the Jawbreaker style of puzzle game and put a fresh spin on it, making it once more fun to play.
Two reviews for the price of one! This time I take a look at two simple puzzle favorites from Herocraft: Happy Lines and Snow Lines. This is a pretty brief review for two games (mainly because I’ve already reviewed them both for the Pocket PC), but suffice it to say that even though not much has changed on the iPhone they’re still a couple of great games.
Wassup! Today – The Siso Tablo from www.hantech.ca is certainly an interesting product to review. First off, I have been using a Wacom 4 X 6 drawing tablet for some time now. Great for drawing programs, navigating quickly on Internet Explorer and numerous other programs. The problem I have always had with the Wacom was I cannot easily use it with my laptop when the desk space is limited. The added space required for the Wacom drawing tablet is always an issue. Taking the tablet on the road is not really convenient also. Now the Siso Tablo solves the limited desk space issue nicely and is made for convenient use on the road as well.
Sports mini-games have been a bit of a mixed bag for me so far on the iPhone, but with Batter Up Baseball, it looks like Skyworks has finally hit one out of the park. Great visuals, authentic sound and gameplay that keeps going and going could bring you to start singing “take me out to the ball game”.
Wassup! Today – External backup systems have been around almost as long as laptops. There are numerous backup choices out there from various hard drive manufacturers and memory manufacturers like Maxtor and Lexar. A new backup manufacturer has appeared on the scene called Clickfree. This manufacturer offers a selection of external hard drives that require no software installation and configuration. All you do is plug the drive into a USB port and forget about it. The package automatically recognizes over 400 file types. The laptop I am currently writing this post on has a 70 Gb hard drive therefore I would require 80+ to be comfortable that an external drive can backup everything contained on this unit. Clickfree sells various sizes and the starting size is 120 Gb with the cost being $89.99. This is a great deal for an external USB backup drive that is small and requires no software installation or configuration.
Looking for a new spin on the classic concept of breakout? iPolygon might just be the game for you. Imagine a playing field where the paddles and the bricks are the same thing! Read on to find out what iPolygon has to offer the “breakout” genre…
Wassup! Today – Video editing has suddenly become a huge hobby for many with the popularity of YOUTUBE and other online video sharing websites. I have never been a fan of software that comes packaged with the video hardware equipment. If it was possbile to purchase the hardware only and save a few dollars I would do so. Many professionals use software from a company called Avid which makes the Avid Media Composer 3.5. This is an online and offline editor which allows you to create a low res copy of the original as a working copy and then transfer all the reference data back to the master copy for final rendering. Great piece of software but unfortunately for most of us, the software is just too expensive @ $2500.00 USD and has a high learning curve. This is where a software program like Cyberlink’s PowerDirector 7 comes in.
Sports mini-games are interesting, because it seems their goal is to take the best parts of a particular activity and strip out all the other stuff so that you can have a quick, satisfying game. Unfortunately, after playing Field Goal Frenzy I’m not so sure that this philosophy works for the game of Football. Read on to see if this game is worth playing or if you should punt…
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]When I had the opportunity to review Crazy Daisy for the Pocket PC – which you can check out here – I was amazed at how fun the game was for being a casual puzzler that seemed designed to appeal mostly to kids. Needless to say, when I was offered [...]
Looking for a puzzle adventure game fix until Myst arrives? Submachine might be just what you need. There are several puzzles to solve before you can escape your confines, and the chilling music provides for an ominous backdrop. The down side: it might take you longer to read the review than to play the game.
How do you stand out in a crowded genre for the iPhone like shooting games? If you’re Codename Lone Wolf, you start with a bunch of diverse scenarios. Then you toss in a pretty original interface and some decent graphics. Good background music doesn’t hurt, either. Read on to find out if the sniper business is in your future…
eSoft Interactive is back, bringing us more Windows Mobile goodness in the form of Hot Pursuit, to be released on or around April 14th. The game will get your stylus tapping and your brain churning as you try and catch thieves in this worldwide epic inspired by Carmen Sandiego. Check out my quick preview, and expect a full review soon.
In an online store where apps like iFart reign supreme, it’s not surprising to see not one, but two games focused on the exploits of the cute but bladder troubled PeeMonkey. First came Jungle Fire, and then Toilet Trainer, and now you get to find out if either of these are worth your trouble (or worth admitting that you have on your iDevice).
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Let’s face it – the name alone implies that this game should be cool. I mean, what’s better than pirates and dragons? After playing the game for a little while, it turns out that there is apparently a lot that’s better than this combination of swashbuckling anti-heroes and mythical fire [...]
Upsi Looper is actually the third in the Upsi “series”, but it’s only the second one that I’ve played. I’m quite impressed with the improvements made in this game over Upsi Runner. It’s still retro, but retro in the right ways. Read on to see if it will loop you in…
If you’re one of those people that are brave enough to let your kids use your iDevice, Memogascar might be worth your attention. It’s a memory game where you’re trying to save cute animals, and it actually adds a couple of twists to the standard memory game concept. Read on to see if it’s worth helping the escape…
If you’ve ever wanted to make a cone that reached the stars, you have your chance with Scoops for the iPhone. For the kid in all of us, you can test your ice cream stacking skills with this simple yet entertaining game from NimbleBit. The real question is, does it “stack” up to the competition?
In the mood for shooting some hoops but don’t feel like a full fledged game? Skyworks Interactive has the answer for you with 3 Point Hoops, the game of making 3 point shots from various locations around the court. Read on to find out if this is a slam dunk or just another brick in the iPhone gaming stable…
Have you ever wanted to help guide a train, along the way collecting piles of gold? Now’s your chance with Gold Rush, a puzzle game from Skywards Games. Read on to find out if it’s worth chug-chug-chugin’ along these tracks…
In my first installment of “Did I Download That?” I take a look at two very diverse apps that share a common attribute: they don’t have much of a point. The first is The Internets! from Soulstrewn Studios, and the second is SoftServe (iDoo) from Ziconic. Read on to decide if you too should say “Did I Download That?”
Jezzball has a new look in the form of Jezster from Birdsoft. An adventure mode, power-ups and the ability to play the game in the original Jezzball style make Jezster a nice update to the classic. I still don’t really have an appetite for this style of game, but Jezster has brought me a lot closer to craving it.
Another color matching game? That may be the basis behind Mesh, but I guarantee you haven’t played a color matching game quite like this on your iPhone before. If you’re looking for a new spin on a tried and true concept, Mesh is probably a good game for you…
Boxes is the prime example of what people in various forums mean when they say they feel like the App Store is full of half finished software. Ironically, despite all that Boxes is missing, it ends up being a fun and challenging game. Read on to see if Boxes belongs on your iDevice…
Platform games aren’t as prevalent on the iPhone as one might expect for a mobile platform, so it’s always nice to get ahold of a new one. I was intrigued by Upsi Runner’s claim of hearkening back to the days of classics like Donkey Kong, but the ultimate result of this retro platform game left me a little bit wanting.
Wassup! Today – The concept of doing nothing other than trying to survive as long as you can traveling up or down the playing field in a game can be intriguing. Unfortunately, Up There brings nothing new to this genre, and the lack of variety in game elements makes the ride fairly dull after a while. See why I don’t feel the game rises above the rest…
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]The concept of the match 3 game is cool, but too many of them are patterned too closely after Bejeweled with no originality. Thankfully, the developers behind Sushi City had a different vision behind their game. In this game you run the counter of a sushi bar, and you must [...]
Wassup! Today – This is one game that really intrigued me when I first tried it a couple of years ago on the i-Mate Jasjar. The Windows Mobile version has great graphics and a complex gaming artificial intelligence. Warfare Incorporated is a RTS realtime strategy game similar to the old Sim City and Sim Earth type of games in which you must built your community over time. The difference is that elements of a war game like Command and Conquer have been added.
Wassup! Today – Tired of the same old match 3 premise? Want something that will tax your brain a little bit more? eXact just might be the game for you. Slide blocks into the playing field to try and create groups of 3 or more without filling up the entire screen. 3 different game modes help appeal to a broader range of puzzle gamers. Read on to find out if this is eXact-ly what you’re looking for…
Wassup! Today – Yesterday was the first official change over day in the United States for terrestrial TV from analog to digital. Complete change over is scheduled for mid June. I am still not 100% comfortable as to what should be changed when dealing with an older setup and what can be kept? I am located in Canada and the switchover is not until 2011 but I am located close enough to the United States that any good programming will come from US based stations. This means I need to change too.
Wassup! Today – In the midst of all the complaints that Apple lets too much junk through to the App Store, there are times where you just have to let your inhibitions aside and download something silly just for fun. Armor Games has provided just such an outlet with Drastic Plastic, an electronic version of the old Rock’Em Sock’Em Robots of yesteryear. The game is lighthearted, fun, and best of all, free.
Wassup! Today – Looking for something simple to play, challenging to master and fun? Bubble Bee might just be for you. Pop bubbles, dodge baddies, and see how high a score you can get. Read on to see what the buzz is about…
Wassup! Today – MIDI Music (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)
It has been over 25 years since the MIDI standard was established giving birth to all sorts of synthesizer New Wave music in the 80′s . It is amazing that the General MIDI Standard is still supported today with a number of newer extended formats available. I am disappointed in some ways that MIDI has not really become a household name defining music composition, electronic music programming and as a general form of study for music enthusiasts. My impression is that MIDI is still considered as some kind of BLACK BOX used by hardcore dance music creators or known as a file format used for ring tone use only.
Wassup! Today – Digital Video Camera:
In the last 3 years or so, we have started to see the introduction of HD digital video cameras and the lowering of prices of video cameras in general. $2000.00 USD was the normal price range for a basic digital video camera. Now we are starting to see a number of choices in the $500.00 – $1000.00 USD price range. This certainly will get more and more individuals into purchasing a digital video camera to capture those important family moments.
One of the common problems with video camera users is the ability to immediately view the movies conveniently. Old technology involved a VHS tape that allowed you to easily remove the tape from the camera and insert into your video cassette player. Now we are dealing with an internal hard drive or a removable memory card which is not supported by standard video players. This means connecting the video camera directly to your TV each time you would like to watch the video. For some, this is as simple as plugging the camera into the AV jacks on the front of the TV. Unfortunately, many will have to deal with the connections on the back of the older TV which can be a real pain to reach.
Wassup! Today – With creative level design, cunning formations, and some sort of goal, scrolling shooters have proven to be some of my favorite games. Unfortunately, SpaceX doesn’t really have any of these. The aesthetics are pretty slick, but the game play is flat – and that’s not just because it’s 2D.
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Use Star Walk or AstroNavigator on your mobile for it You are running out of ideas for Valentine’s day, you are bored of the usual presents but you still want to impress your partner. We have the right suggestion for you: give your lover the sky. With a simple click [...]
Wassup! Today – With Marble Madness nowhere in sight, I was hoping that Marble Worlds 2 would fill the void on my iPod Touch. Unfortunately, a bad control scheme makes this otherwise decent game an unnecessary frustration to play.
Wassup! Today – Need some stress relief? Ever wanted to chuck a brick at something but have the decency not to destroy anyone’s property for real? Smash It Up might just be the solution to your problems then.
Wassup! Today – Every Wednesday, I will be posting a digest of GPS related topics that will keep you informed about the current GPS marketplace and activities. Most of you may think of a GPS as a lazy mans way of finding your way around town but a GPS can be more than that. I will try to enlighten you about how a GPS can improve your daily life and make the technology as simple to access as possible. GPS technology is one of those very expensive military projects that was turned into a free consumer service that we can all take advantage of. Read GPS Wednesdays to stay up to date on this exciting technology.
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Wassup! Today – Sparks Part 1 has been labeled as the first “motion comic” for the iPhone / iPod Touch. But let’s call it what it is: an animated video. It costs 99 cents, and the running time is about 10 – 15 minutes. Now I’ve never read the comic book version, so I don’t know if the stories are identical or mesh in any way, but I did like where they were going with this version. For what little time there was to build anything up the characters appeared interesting, especially Sparks, who seems to be a super hero without any discernible powers. The art style had a nice noir feel to it, and the animation was rather interesting – sort of reminded me of the older super hero cartoons where the characters slid around on top of the backgrounds but there was no real “animation” per se. If you don’t know what I’m talking about you’ll understand if you decide to watch it, or you can try to find some of the old Spider-Man cartoons pre-80′s.
Now that I've gotten mixed up in the whole iPod Touch thing, I've finally decided that there are just way…
I have pulled some of the Classic Technobrains Reviews from the depths of the Technobrains vault for your viewing pleasure.
Wassup! Today – Archibald Adventure is from developers “Rake in the Grass”. Archibald’s Adventure seems like one of those puzzle and platform type games that will consume many hours to play. The game comes with a whopping 115 levels.
Over the years mobile digital music players have gotten smaller with more power and capabilities. Home stereos on the other hand are still mostly the standard deep dish pizza box size. If you ever take a close look at the inside of most home stereo systems, the circuitry is almost non existent compared to the amount of space available. Consumers have been duped into thinking all stereo components must be a certain size and fit into a standard cabinet. Manufacturers have also used this larger size to an advantage to maximize profit. In the day, when stereo equipment consisted of vacuum tubes, and large capacitors, manufacturers had to produce large amplifiers to maximize the power and sound output. Now companies like Z.VEX have combined the technology of old with the technology of new and produced the “worlds smallest vacuum tube stereo amplifier”.
Every once in awhile, a product comes out that falls into the “What the Huh? category. PhoneyCall is one of those recent product that I just came across. My first impression was why would you want a phoney call? Do we not get enough calls during the day that on most days you wish you had left your phone at home?
Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] Reviewed Platform: Windows Mobile 6 Device Used: Verizon XV6700 Software Type: Game Developed By: Astraware, under license from PopCap Games I love Astraware for the simple fact that while I might not enjoy every single one of their games, I know they have a knack for picking diverse, [...]
I have always been intrigued with synthesizers and electronic music ever since Robert Moog created the first analog Synthesizer. Numerous variations have been created ever since and the electronic synthesizer has been the norm in many bands and musical groups. Now a new device called the Beamz has come along that takes music to a whole new world. The Beams is another revolutionary musical product but this time it is geared towards non musically skilled individuals.
Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] Reviewed Hardware: Speaker System for Mobile Music Devices Manufacturer: Ferguson Hill Fergusan Hill FH007 and FH008 Mini Sound System I love my music. . . Unfortunately I do not love the fact that I require a hard drive on my PC to store my digital music files, a memory [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Now that the bulk of the website change over has been completed, I will be concentrating on completing a number of reviews. The upcoming reviews will consist of recently released products, updated products and reviews of existing products still available. As always, I am open to suggestions on software and hardware products you would like to hear [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]When it comes to home networking the current philosophy is no wiring. Anyone with an internet account at home and multiple computers will certainly have a wired or wireless router to share one account between many computers. Those that use a wired router know that running wires around a home [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Now that the iPhone has been released, I browsed the website for user reviews and came upon a good one from Terry White. Terry seems to be comfortable with the various phone based technologies before purchasing the iPhone and brings a good real world overview on the Apple iPhone. You can [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] The Wi-Fi Detective from Startech.com is a must have for any mobile Wi-Fi user. The device is small and very simple to use. Whenever you need to access a public Wi-Fi connection, you can verify the signal and strength very quickly. First let me describe what the [...]
Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] Ever since SONY released their first SONY Walkman, I have purchased headphones from the simple in-ear to the more professional sealed studio quality headphones. In many cases the headphones are geared for specific uses therefore, I would have a pair for my home stereo, my MP3 player, my Windows [...]
Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]The emWave Personal Stress Reliever is a device created by a company called HeartMath. The company states that this product was created based on 15 years of research on the relationship between the heart, brain, stress and emotions. I have spent a number of months evaluating the device. [...]
Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] Review: Universal Premium Leather Vertical Holster for most PDA’s from Primacases.com Technoreview by Jack Turner (jckrenrut) First Glance The first thing I noticed about this case is that it is shiny. Odd as that may seem, it is made of extremely well crafted leather and has a very nice [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] http://www.ludimate.com Reviewed by Eric Pankoke I’ll probably say this every time such a game comes along, but I love it when a developer takes a tested, seasoned concept and adds enough twists and turns to make it new and their own. Such is the case with Tilelander from [...]
Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Codewallet Pro 6 From Developer One Technoreview by Jack Turner (jckrenrut) Information…organized Whether it is important information, like your flight information, or rather pointless things, like the license plate number of the car in front of you, which you probably didn’t even notice. Being able to manage and organize all [...]
Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]H20 Audio Waterproof Headphones from Otterbox Technoreview by Jack Turner (jckrenrut) Having been a competitive swimmer for a large portion of my life so far, I’ve always found myself wondering what it would be like to listen to music during practice. I think this is something that crosses many swimmer’s [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] www.max-studio.net Reviewed by Eric Pankoke —————————— Burning Armor Code E Winner of the Cutting Edge Coding Competition 2006 Given the right angle, there’s always room for another vertical shooter in my collection. Unfortunately, even after being rewritten using the EDGE gaming library, I’m not sure that Burning Armor has [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Momentum Games Meltdown from Momentum Games Reviewed by: Eric Pankoke After playing Pocket Mini Golf 2 from Momentum Games, I had high expectations for Meltdown. Then, as I started seeing rather positive reviews from industry veterans that I greatly respect, the bar was raised. I am here to let [...]
Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] Add-Venture Add-Venture from QSoftz Reviewed by: Eric Pankoke If you were like most aspiring young children, one of your fantasies was to stealthily take over the world… umm, yeah… Anyway, regardless of childhood aversions, Qsoftz was kind enough to help you fulfill these desires electronically with the release of [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Otterbox Rugged Laptop Case www.otterbox.com Reviewed by Jarhead —————————— Introduction: Since being founded in 1996, Otterbox has developed a reputation for producing high quality protective cases for individuals who like to push themselves and their equipment to extremes. Although the original Otterboxes were box-like cases for protecting valuables during outdoor [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Rage of Mages II Rage of Mages II from Nival Interactive Reviewed by: Eric Pankoke I’ve never been a real big fan of ports. Typically, if the port is going from a small machine to a big machine, the developers don’t want to spend the time to add extra [...]
Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] The GP2X-F100 Handheld Gaming Unit is the next generation in portable gaming systems. It’s origins begin way back in early 2001. The History of the GP2X started with the original GP32. The GP32 is not as old as the Nintendo portable units but is unique in how the games are created and [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] www.mobis.com.tw/ 802.11g SDIO Wi-Fi Card from Just Mobile – Mobis Reviewed by: Bob Katayama Lately Wireless LAN access has become the rage with mobile devices. Wi-Fi hotspots are popping up in all major cities and even ome cities are creating a FREE Wi-Fi zone in their downtown core. Many [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Altec Lansing is a major speaker company that has been around long before desktop computers and even FM radio. In the early 1920′s, the founders started to create what is known today as Altec Lansing. Through the 1940′s and still today, Altec Lansing creates innovative audio products. The InMotion IM500 is another one of [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Available for the Symbian S60, K-Rally seems like the ulitmate “Spy Hunter” type revisited with updated graphics. Look like a real intense action packed game from this video. You have a choice of different cars and different racing tracks. The game is a top view type with a clear view [...]
Rating 3.67 out of 5 [?]www.globalsat.com.tw TR-101 Personal Tracker from GlobalSat Reviewed by: Bob Katayama As newer more feature rich cellular phones come out in the marketplace, this will create a wider gap between technically challenged users and the technology wizards. The Personal Tracker GlobalSat is a unique product that maybe suitable for the technology [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]www.trialaction.com Dragon Ball from TrialAction Games Reviewed by: Eric Pankoke One thing I like about the PDA game market is that unlike the PC and console markets, the developers are not shackled by the mantra “sell fast, sell many”. As a result we are often treated to unique, simple and [...]
Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]The Experts @ Technobrains have just completed a review of the Inka Pen. Normally pens are just your run of the mill household item but not so for the Inka Pen. The Inka Pen is a marvel of modern technology. We also asked the founder of Inka Corporation – Greg [...]
Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] Headphones have been around for decades and each year we see a flood of new styles and sound improvements. The line of headphones from Ultrasone are not your average headphones that are part of the collective. The HFI-2200 ULE headphones are very unique. First off, the HFI-2200 ULE are [...]
Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] Over the last decade, I cannot remember how many headphones I have gone through from earbuds to professional headphones that fit snuggly over the ears. All headphones were originally acquired due to a level of performance, craftmanship, and a recognizable manufacturer. I just came across a manufacturer located [...]